Carbohydrates: good or evil?

Posted: November 8, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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Breaking news! You no longer need to deprive your body of god’s gift to earth any longer! Carbohydrates have been depicted as a “dangerous” food by fad diets for the past decade or so, but in reality, you shouldn’t deprive your body from them any longer.

What people don’t know is that some carbohydrates are actually good for your body and that your body needs them to survive. They provide your body with fuel for physical activities, proper organ function and are an important part of a healthy/balanced diet like that pyramid thing you learned in like fifth grade. Ideally, 45-60% of your daily calorie intake should be from carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates come in all different shapes and sizes. They’re not necessarily only breads and pastas, but are vegetables, fruits, and beans. If you do choose to snack on some bread or make a turkey sandwhich, try switching to whole wheat or whole grain. These white breads are processed, bleached and do not contain the original nutritional content of the grain and the fibers, ultimatley being a poor food choice.

Still don’t believe that you can actually enjoy a hearty piece of bread? The next few reasons should help.

1. Carbohydrates are high in fiber. Fiber is an essential part of your diet and it helps you stay fuller longer, provides your body with energy, lowers your cholesterol levels and helps assist your body in removing toxins that you don’t need.

2. Carbohydrates contain a low glycemic index which in simpler terms, stabilizes loos sugar levels and insulin production. Which yes, is very important for your health.

3. Carbohydrates are full of nutrients your body needs every day. They contain natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients.

So moral of the story is that instead of cutting carbs out of your diet entirely, try eating healthier carbs instead. Stop reaching for that blueberry muffin in the morning and try eating a whole wheat english muffin with some jelly instead. Your love handles will thank you later.

-Chelsey Perry

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